In a season and a half, where he's had the chance to play in 26 games, he's played in 23, or 88% of the games. You could knock that down by two that I can remember last year where he was injured early, so 21 of 26. In those games, 101 catches for just shy of 1,700 yards.
Really? "can't see the field"? "idiotic gamble"? wow.
I will stand by what I posted. In my opinion it is not worth it to spend 5 picks on a WR, even one as talented as Julio, if they guy cant make it through a season healthy. He was injured in college alot: he played through it. He has been injured last year and played through it. He is injured this year and playing through it. Im sorry, but those are facts.
If Julio does not miss any significant gametime going forward, and can continue to be a contributor on the offense, as he has: playing through pain: then Thomas Dimitroff looks like a genius and I ( and some other who question the trade value) look like morons. I can live with that. Im married! I have eaten TD crow before: see Dorsey... But, if he gets injured again, or his nagging injuries affect his gameplay, then Im sorry: that was a huge idiotic gamble that set this team back.
Look, I like the guy. When he is healthy: he is huge. But, he needs to stay healthy. I've been down this rabbit hole before. Look at Torrey Smith. We could have easily picked him up and had 4 more picks to work with. Now, that being said: is Torrey Smith as talented as Julio Jones? No he is not. But he can do something Julio cant: play a whole season. I know he only played the whole season his rookie year, and he only got 841 yards, which is not as impressive as Julio. But that is not the point.
Maybe if we dont pull that trigger, and we get Torrey Smith then we find a stud DE in the second round: and we never have to sign that fraud Edwards. Or maybe we find a better OL. You see what Im getting at.
Now here is where someone ( and Im betting it will be BnB
) is going to chime in and say 'hey you cant blame TD for fluke injuries'. But that doesn't ring true to me because as BnB can easily tell you: they knew about his injurious past and his ability to 'play through it'. Didnt he get some ridiculous combine time with that broken foot?
So as good as Julio looks on paper and in real time, it only really works out if the guy can finish out the season. I get nervous already seeing him miss gametime 3 games this year, after him missing entire games last year. It seems to me like TD thought once he got here, all that would change. But so far, it has not.
I'll tell you what: I would sit him this week. I know the Bucs are on a roll after kicking kitty butt, and the division is still up for grabs (or as much as it can be) but I think the Bucs defense is a little better then the Saints, and I would have him in top form for the Saints game on TNF.
I anxiously await the cries of 'if he can play, let him'.